Teen Nutrition 3

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Adolescence is a time of rapid growth and development. Proper nutrition is essential for teenagers to develop into adults. It is also a time when you learn life-long eating habits. Dr. Edward Hill explains in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Adolescence is the period between 11 and 21 years of age, the time in which a child develops into an adult. It is a time of dramatic biological, emotional and social change. The dramatic physical growth significantly increases nutritional requirements. At the same time, the struggle for independence and social pressure during adolescence often leads to unhealthy eating behaviors.

Serious eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.

Dieting behaviors among adolescents, in particular among adolescent females, are alarmingly high. One study reported that 50 to 60 percent of adolescent females consider they are overweight and have attempted to diet.

Weight maintenance nutritional programs are recommended for adolescents who have not yet completed puberty, unless medical complications are detected. Weight loss is recommended when medical complications are present in adolescents at-risk for overweight, when the adolescent is determined to be overweight, and for older adolescents who have completed physical growth and development.

Rather than dieting, parents should stress life-long healthy eating habits to their adolescents.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.